Final 30 Teams Selected in MoonBots Competition
Los Angeles, CA (August 01, 2012) — The XPRIZE Foundation and the LEGO® Group announced today the 30 finalist teams from Phase One of the 2012 MoonBots: A Google Lunar XPRIZE LEGO MINDSTORMS® Challenge. This third annual contest challenges teams of youth to design, program, and construct robots that perform simulated lunar missions similar to those required to win the $30 million Google Lunar XPRIZE, a private race to the Moon designed to enable commercial exploration of space while engaging the global public.
The 30 finalists teams are: Anthem-A-tronics (Anthem, Arizona); Apollo 19 (Escondido, California); Atlantic MoonBots (Vila Do Porto, Portugal); Atomic Robot (Hyderabad, India); Brick Buddies Explorers (Austin, Texas); Clockwork Mania (McDonough, GA); Cyborgs in Crescent (New Delhi, India); Dash 2 the Moon (San Jose, California); DragonBots (Santiago, Chile); Electro Llamas (Beachwood, New Jersey); Fish in the Boat (Lakeville, Minnesota); Gladiators (Kayangan Heights, Malaysia); Greatest Kall (Smyrna, Georgia); HungaroBots (Sopron, Hungary); Incredibots (Columbus, Ohio); Iron Reign (Dallas, Texas); Milkybots(Santiago, Chile); Model Scout Robotics (Plano, Texas); Moon Crafters (Hollis, New Hampshire); Moon Riders (Singanallur Coimbatore, India); MoonBlazers (Sunnyvale, California); Nebulans (Alexandria, Egypt); Plan B Robotics (Irvine, California); Robotic Alliance (Eldersburg, Maryland); RTRM (Nizhny Novgorod, Russia); SMART FOX (Alexandria, Egypt); Team Starling (Ballwin, Missouri); The Penguin Men (Seattle, Washington); Titanium Springboks (Pretoria, South Africa); and X-Treme Team (Indio, California).
The 30 finalist teams were selected out of 147 registered teams from 22 countries. In order to compete in Phase One of the contest, each team submitted a fun, scientific video about space exploration and proposed to a team of judges what their ultimate lunar landscape design plan would like and how they would demonstrate it to their community. The 30 teams will be moved onto Phase Two where they will be provided with a LEGO MINDSTORMS robot and resources to build their lunar landscape that will serve as the competition’s ‘playing field.’
“We are proud of all the teams and their understanding of space exploration. We received some very exciting entries this year. ,” said Chanda Gonzales, Google Lunar XPRIZE Education Director. “The quality of submissions continue to get better every year. It was very difficult to select 30 teams to compete in Phase Two of the challenge.”
The XPRIZE Foundation and the LEGO Group partnered with WIRED magazine, FIRST®, Lunabotics Mining Competition, Cleantech Open’s Night Rover Challenge, Dexter Industries, Pacific International Space Center for Exploration Systems, International Observe the Moon Night, and NASA’s Lunar Science Institute.
Phase Two of the contest begins August 1 – November 15 with the Grand Prize winner being announced December 1. The Grand Prize winner will receive a trip to Pacific International Space Center for Exploration Systems in Hawaii to test their LEGO MINDSTORMS robot. To learn more about the 2012 MoonBots Challenge and watch the videos from all the teams, visit www.moonbots.org.
For more information about the Google Lunar XPRIZE and the teams currently registered in the competition, please visit: lunar.xprize.org.